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15 Feb 2018 description
  • Due to ongoing conflict in Ituri and the instability in North Kivu, two provinces in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the daily rate of arrivals in Uganda has drastically increased. In just three days, from 10 to 13 February 2018, 13 799 new refugee arrivals entered Uganda from the DRC.

13 Feb 2018 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Effects of inter-communal violence between Lendu and Hema ethnic groups that broke out in Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and attacks by Mai-Mai militia in North Kivu started in December 2017, resulted into mass displacement and population movement of people from the DRC to Uganda.

13 Feb 2018 description

Opened in July 2016, Pagirinya settlement hosts more than 32,000 refugees displaced from South Sudan. The humanitarian response across all sectors has now stabilized and is beginning to shift beyond emergency operations. The settlement’s organized, physical design facilitates access to important facilities, including health centers and schools. However, services in many sectors, such as health and nutrition and water, health and sanitation, must be improved to meet the needs of the population.

Gaps & Challenges

13 Feb 2018 description

Originally closed in 2006 after many South Sudanese refugees returned home, Olua I/II was reopened in 2012 to host another influx of South Sudanese refugees fleeing inter-communal violence. Settlement residents, similarly to other refugees in Adjumani district, live in close proximity to Ugandan nationals and share services and institutions with the host community. Although there is relatively peaceful coexistence between communities, refugees face challenging conditions and need more extensive assistance relating to livelihoods opportunities and education in particular.

13 Feb 2018 description

After opening in January 2014, Nyumanzi has become the largest refugee settlement in Adjumani district in terms of population size. Despite their relatively recent arrival, residents are already well-established and a strong community has emerged in which refugee households actively collaborate with each other to share resources. Although many refugees are resilient, gaps in critical sectors, such as education and water, health and santitation, persist and undermine refugees’ ability to cope with their displacement.

Gaps & Challenges

13 Feb 2018 description

Baratuku, initially established in 1991, has hosted successive waves of South Sudanese refugees since the Second Sudanese War. The settlement’s current population is comprised of some South Sudanese refugees from the 1990s, who were not able to return home, and recent arrivals who have fled the country since 2013. Humanitarian organizations have begun to shift from emergency response to stabilization.

13 Feb 2018 description

Mungula I/II has consistently hosted South Sudanese refugees since it was first established in 1996. As a result, there are close linkages between settlement residents and the neighbouring host community. While implementing and operational partners initially provided critical support during the South Sudanese refugee emergency, a strategy for empowering local organizations to carry on activities in the medium and long-term response is essential.

10 Feb 2018 description

by Tyler Graf | Feb 09, 2018

By the time the Mission Aviation Fellowship pilot makes the announcement --"10 minutes to Moyo"-- the Ugandan landscape beneath the airplane has become a dense forest with barely any roads visible from above, just one or two isolated dirt tracks. As the flight nears its destination, the ground below is a vast expanse of semi-arid scrubland. 

09 Feb 2018 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the steps taken by the Ugandan government to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in government refugee programmes.

Uganda’s Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, initiated the probe after reports received by UNHCR and the World Food Programme alleged corruption and grave misconduct by officials involved in refugee assistance.

The allegations include faking documents on delivery of food assistance as well as demanding refugees pay bribes to access various services that should be free of cost.

08 Feb 2018 description
report CARE

KAMPALA, Uganda (Feb. 8, 2018) — Intensifying conflict and violence have driven more than 14,000 people, the large majority of them women and children, from their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the past six weeks. They have sought safety in neighboring Uganda, home already to 1.4 million refugees, most of them South Sudanese. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence, included repeated rapes, at the hands of armed groups.

07 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

- UNICEF’s Humanitarian Appeal for Children 2018 is 20 per cent funded. UNICEF and partners will not be able to respond to the urgent needs of children and women experiencing emergency situations in 2018 if additional funding is not secured.
- Over 3,300 Congolese refugee children (1,737 girls and 1,604 boys) were immunised against measles as they crossed into Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

01 Feb 2018 description

Selon le chef du HCR, les communautés d’accueil doivent également bénéficier de la présence des réfugiés grâce à l’amélioration des infrastructures.

Par Jonathan Clayton

INSTALLATION DE REFUGIES D’IMVEPI, Ouganda - Le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés Filippo Grandi a réitéré son appel aux dirigeants régionaux à rétablir la paix, et il s’est félicité de la politique menée par l’Ouganda pour « l’ouverture de ses frontières ». L’Ouganda accueille actuellement jusqu’à 500 nouveaux réfugiés par jour.

31 Jan 2018 description


  • The WFP Uganda Country Strategic Plan for 2018 to 2022 was approved by the WFP Executive Board in November 2017, to take effect on 1 January 2018.

  • In 2017, WFP purchased 865 mt of food from small-scale farmer organizations. Out of this, 340 mt was purchased through direct negotiation with the farmers.

  • WFP introduced a beneficiary feedback helpline in Karamoja region and the Kiryandongo refugee settlement. The helpline will be extended to all WFP’s operations in the coming months.

31 Jan 2018 description

IMVEPI REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, Uganda – Renewing a strong appeal to regional leaders to make peace, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has praised the “open border” policy of Uganda which is currently receiving up to 500 refugees a day.

Grandi who is currently on an official visit to the East African country, now providing sanctuary to a total of some 1.4 million refugees, upheld Uganda’s treatment of those fleeing wars and persecution as a model for the rest of the world.

31 Jan 2018 description

Refugee arrivals from DRC into Uganda continue to increase

Key Messages

In bimodal areas of Uganda, the November to January second season harvest is complete and average production has supported seasonal declines of staple food prices. In December, the prices of local staple cereals across key markets were well below the same time last year and near the five-year average. Food availability and access are expected to remain normal in most areas throughout the projection period, and Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes will likely continue.

29 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In 2017, UNICEF and partners worked with the Government to fulfil the rights of children affected by an unprecedented influx of refugees, disease outbreaks, natural hazards and food insecurity.
    Nutrition, health, child protection, HIV/AIDS, education and WASH services were supported for affected children and women.

  • UNICEF reinforced systems at national and district levels to improve capacity to respond to emergencies, including scaling up high impact health and nutrition, WASH, education and child protection interventions.

26 Jan 2018 description
report World Vision


1 Million+ South Sudan refugees in Uganda

345,279 South Sudanese new arrivals as of 15 October 2017

62% child refugees from South Sudan in Uganda

82% of South Sudan refugees in Uganda are women and children

1.35 Million total number of refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda